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Ground key to Cyclone festival bid

Sunday's impressive Leopardstown winner Hidden Cyclone will only run at the Cheltenham Festival if the ground is soft.

Trainer Shark Hanlon is keen not to ask too much of the six-year-old this season as he views him as a potential Gold Cup candidate further down the line.

If he does turn up at Prestbury Park it will be for the Neptune Investment Management Novices' Hurdle.

"What we've said is that if there was a good cut in the ground we'd probably go to Cheltenham, but if there isn't, he won't," said Hanlon.

"I think he's a very good horse but he's still a big baby and I don't want to ruin him as I'm hoping down the line he's a Gold Cup horse.

"If we go we'll go for the Neptune. If we don't go to Cheltenham we'll go for the Michael Purcell at Thurles (February 24) which I won last year with Western Leader.

"He'll be let off after that, either way, and be brought back early season to go novice chasing.

"He'll definitely go chasing next year and we'll look to start in September."

Hidden Cyclone is as low as 12-1 for the Neptune with Paddy Power.

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